Quilled Summer Heart

Quilled Summer Heart.

It’s autumn here, in Romania, and October just brings out the best of this season. Nothing compares to the beautiful colors the leaves are turning, in all the gorgeous shades of yellow, red and orange. The rich colors of the fall foliage and the crisp weather is what makes this my favorite time of the year! It also inspired me to create this quilled painting, but with elements belonging to the summer. Yep, I just can’t help it… Due to the fact that 90% of my work consists in quilling flowers, I sometimes feel like I am living a permanent summer!

Quilled Summer Heart

Quilled Summer Heart

I tried a few new things for this project, like the daisies and the rose hip. This is the very first time I used 1mm wide paper strips for the daisy petals and, even if I thought I began to master the process of working with such narrow paper strips, the procedure ended up being very time consuming and tedious. 1mm paper strips definitely work best for making tight coils because they are easier to handle and shape. Continue reading →

Quilled Jasmines in a Shadowbox Frame

Quilled Jasmines with Ladybugs in a Shadowbox Frame.

Today’s project is actually a remake of another one I did a year ago, another take on my quilled jasmines. As time goes by, I often look at older designs and wonder how would I approach the same idea and what would I do different now, with all the new things I constantly learn and discover. So I decided to give the quilled jasmines another go and this time I set myself the challenge to use 1mm wide paper strips, instead of 1.5mm. One might think that half a millimeter would go unnoticed, but trust me, it makes a huge difference!

Quilled Jasmines with Ladybugs

Quilled Jasmines with Ladybugs

It took me around 26 hours to finish this quilled painting. I finally managed to time myself, because usually I (would only consider) only think how much it took me to finish a certain project only in terms of days. The 26 hours were spread during 3 days, starting with me cutting the paper strips, making the flowers, the leaves, stemming everything, painting the background and finally assembling everything together. Because this wasn’t the first time I quilled jasmines, things went pretty fast because I already knew how to make the flowers and I didn’t spend hours or even days trying to perfect the design. This is the difference between flowers made with 1.5mm wide paper strips and the new ones, made with strips just 1mm wide: Continue reading →

Quilled Geometric Tiles

Quilled Geometric Tiles.

I know, it’s been ages since my last post! 😀 This does not mean I stayed away from quilling, I actually have quite a few projects to share with you, but I just find it hard to get back on track after my break from blogging. Being a guest designer for the Indian Quilling Challenge Blog was just the thing I needed to regroup myself, so here is the project I prepared for the current challenge: quilled geometric tiles in the style of Gunjan Aylawadi

Quilled Geometric Tiles

Quilled Geometric Tiles

You can basically create any quilling project with geometric shapes. I have been a fan of Gunjan’s work for a long time and she inspired me to try and create a pattern and fill it with spirals made with rolled paper strips. Since this was my first try and I had no idea how time consuming it would get, I decided to start with a small tile and a simple design. I used 160gsm paper hand cut into 5mm wide paper strips and a toothpick to roll them into spirals. Continue reading →

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